Unformatted text preview: February 1, 2010 – May 21, 2010 BA621 Business Law Lesson #8 Assignment #7 Case 20-2 Summary: Teresa Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. This case (pages 573-574) established the hostile environment theory of sexual harassment. The plaintiff, Harris, was insulted by her boss, and he made numerous suggestive comments to her. Harris quit and filed a lawsuit. The district court ruled against her, finding that some of the comments were offensive to the reasonable woman, but were not so serious as to severely affect Harris’ psychological well being or interfere with her work performance. Harris appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after the appellate court affirmed the district court’s decision. The United States Supreme Court reversed the decision of the lower courts and ruled in favor of Harris. The Court reaffirmed the hostile environment theory of sexual harassment, which had first been articulated in the Meritor case. Additionally, the Court said it was not necessary for the plaintiff to prove the behavior seriously affected her psychological well-being or led her...
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- Spring '10
- Supreme Court of the United States, United States Supreme Court, hostile environment theory